The Info List - John Mills

John Mills, CBE (born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills, 22 February 1908 – 23 April 2005) was an English actor who appeared in more than 120 films in a career spanning seven decades. On screen, he often played people who are not at all exceptional, but become heroes because of their common sense, generosity and good judgment. He received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
for his work in Ryan's Daughter
Ryan's Daughter


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early career 2.2 Early films 2.3 "A" movies 2.4 World War II 2.5 Stardom 2.6 Producer 2.7 Career slump 2.8 Popularity revival 2.9 Character actor 2.10 Later career

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Honours 6 Filmography

6.1 Film 6.2 Television

7 Stage appearances 8 Box office ranking 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Mills was born in Norfolk
but grew up in Felixstowe, Suffolk, the son of Edith (Baker), a theatre box office manager, and Lewis Mills, a mathematics teacher.[1] His spent his early years in the village of Belton where his father was the headmaster of the village school. He first felt the thrill of performing at a concert in the school hall when six years old.[2] He lived in a modest house in Gainsborough Road Felixstowe
until 1929. His older sister was Annette Mills, remembered as presenter of BBC Television's Muffin the Mule
Muffin the Mule
(1946–55). He was educated at Balham
Grammar School in London, Sir
John Leman High School in Beccles, Suffolk
and Norwich High School for Boys,[3][4] where it is said that his initials can still be seen carved into the brickwork on the side of the building in Upper St. Giles Street. Upon leaving school he worked as a clerk[1] at a corn merchants in Ipswich
before finding employment in London as a commercial traveller for the Sanitas Disinfectant Company. In September 1939, at the start of the Second World War, Mills enlisted in the British Army
British Army
in the Royal Engineers.[5] He was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, but in 1942 he received a medical discharge because of a stomach ulcer.[5] Career[edit] Early career[edit] Mills took an early interest in acting, making his professional début at the London Hippodrome in The Five O'Clock Girl in 1929. He followed this with a cabaret act. Mills then got a job with a theatrical company that toured India, China and the Far East performing a number of plays. Noël Coward
Noël Coward
saw him appear in a production of Journey's End
Journey's End
in Singapore and wrote Mills a letter of introduction to use back in London.[6] On his return Mills starred in The 1931 Revue, Coward's Cavalcade (1931) and the Noël Coward
Noël Coward
revue Words and Music (1932). Early films[edit] He made his film début in The Midshipmaid (1932). He also appeared in The Ghost Camera
The Ghost Camera
(1933) with Ida Lupino
Ida Lupino
and Britannia of Billingsgate (1934). Mills was promoted to leading roles in A Political Party (1934), a comedy. He was in a series of quota quickies: The River Wolves (1934); Those Were the Days (1934), the first film of Will Hay; The Lash(1934); Blind Justice (1934); Doctor's Orders (1934); and Car of Dreams (1935). He did Jill Darling (1934) on stage and was one of many names in Royal Cavalcade
Royal Cavalcade
(1935). "A" movies[edit] Mills had the star role in an A film, Brown on Resolution (1935). It was back to quota quickies for Charing Cross Road (1935) and The First Offence (1936). He had another excellent part in an "A", playing Lord Guildford Dudley in Tudor Rose (1936). He did Aren't Men Beasts? (1936) on stage and worked for Hollywood director Raoul Walsh
Raoul Walsh
in O.H.M.S. (1937). Mills starred in The Green Cockatoo
The Green Cockatoo
(1937) directed by William Cameron Menzies. He appeared as Colley in the hugely popular 1939 film version of Goodbye, Mr Chips, opposite Robert Donat. World War II[edit] At the Old Vic he was in A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(1939), She Stoops to Conquer (1939) and Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
(1939–40). He joined the army in 1939 but occasionally made films on leave. He went back to movies with Old Bill and Son
Old Bill and Son
(1940) and made Cottage to Let
Cottage to Let
(1941), a war film for Anthony Asquith. Mills went back to supporting Will Hay in The Black Sheep of Whitehall
The Black Sheep of Whitehall
(1942) and he was one of many names in the war film, The Big Blockade
The Big Blockade
(1942). He was in Men in Shadow (1942) on stage, written by his wife. He achieved acclaim for his performance as an able seaman Noël Coward's In Which We Serve
In Which We Serve
(1942), a huge hit. Mills had another good support role in The Young Mr Pitt
The Young Mr Pitt
(1942) playing William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce
opposite Robert Donat. He was invalided out of the army in 1942.[7] Stardom[edit] Mills' climb to stardom began when he had the lead role in We Dive at Dawn (1943), a film directed by Asquith about submariners. He was top billed in This Happy Breed (1944), directed by David Lean
David Lean
from a Noël Coward play, and a big hit. Also popular was Waterloo Road (1945), from Sidney Gilliat, where Mills played a man who goes AWOL to retrieve his wife from draft-dodging Stewart Granger. Mills played a pilot in The Way to the Stars (1945), directed by Asquith from a script by Terence Rattigan, and another big hit in Britain. He did Duet for Two Hands (1945) on stage. Mills had his greatest success to date in the lead in Great Expectations (1946), directed by David Lean. It was the third biggest hit at the British box office this year and Mills was voted the sixth most popular star.[8] Less successful critically and financially was So Well Remembered (1947) which used American writers and directors.[9] The October Man (1947) was a mildly popular thriller from Roy Ward Baker. Mills played the title role in Scott of the Antarctic (1948), a biopic of Captain Scott. It was the fourth most watched film of the year in Britain and Mills was the eighth biggest star.[10] Producer[edit] Mills turned producer with The History of Mr. Polly (1949) from the novel by H. G. Wells.[11] It was directed by Anthony Pelissier and Mills said it was his favorite film.[12] Pelisse also made The Rocking Horse Winner (1949) which Mills produced; he also played a small role. More liked at the box office was a submarine drama, Morning Departure (1950), directed by Baker. By this stage his fee was a reported £20,000 a film.[13] Career slump[edit] After Morning Departure
Morning Departure
Mills took almost two years off.[14] The films he made on his return were not popular: a thriller, Mr. Denning Drives North (1951); The Gentle Gunman
The Gentle Gunman
(1952), where he and Dirk Bogarde played IRA gunmen for Basil Dearden; The Long Memory
The Long Memory
(1953), a thriller from Robert Hamer.[15] Popularity revival[edit] Mills' had his first hit in a number of years with Hobson's Choice (1954), directed by Lean. He was in The Colditz Story
The Colditz Story
(1955), a popular war film. Mills played a support role in a movie for MGM, The End of the Affair (1955) with Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
and Van Johnson. More liked in Britain was another war story, Above Us the Waves
Above Us the Waves
(1955); this was sixth most popular film at the British box office that year, and helped Mills be the fifth most popular star in the country.[16] After Escapade (1955), Mills made the popular military comedy The Baby and the Battleship (1956), one of the biggest hits of 1956. Also on that list was another Mills comedy, It's Great to Be Young (1956).[17] Mills had a key support role as a peasant in War and Peace (1956) and made a cameo in Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Mills tried some thrillers: Town on Trial
Town on Trial
(1957) directed by John Guillermin and The Vicious Circle (1957). More liked by the public were war films: Dunkirk (1958), the second most popular film of the year in Britain; Ice Cold in Alex
Ice Cold in Alex
(1958), directed by J. Lee Thompson; and I Was Monty's Double'(1958), directed by Guillermin.[18] In the 1959 crime drama Tiger Bay, directed by Thompson, Mills played a police detective investigating a murder that a young girl has witnessed. His daughter Hayley was cast, and earned excellent reviews. Mills went to Australia to play a cane cutter in the Hollywood financed Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1959), a disappointing version of the well regarded play. Better received was Tunes of Glory
Tunes of Glory
(1960), a military drama directed by Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
co-starring Alec Guinness. Mills' performance earned him a Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. Walt Disney
Walt Disney
saw Tiger Bay and offered Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills
the lead role in Pollyanna
(1960). Disney also offered John Mills
John Mills
the lead in the adventure film Swiss Family Robinson (1960), which was a huge hit. He did Ross (1960–61) on stage. The Rank Organisation insisted Mills play the role of the priest in The Singer Not the Song
The Singer Not the Song
(1961) opposite Dirk Bogarde, directed by Baker; the film has become regarded as a camp classic. Mills and Baker reteamed on an interracial drama Flame in the Streets
Flame in the Streets
(1961) and an Italian-British war film The Valiant (1962). Mills did a comedy with James Mason, Tiara Tahiti (1962). He had a support role in The Chalk Garden (1964) starring Hayley. After a cameo on the war film Operation Crossbow (1965), Mills made a third film with his daughter, The Truth About Spring
The Truth About Spring
(1965). He had a cameo in King Rat (1965) for Bryan Forbes, who then directed Mills in The Wrong Box
The Wrong Box
(1966). Mills again played Hayley's father on screen in The Family Way
The Family Way
(1966). He then directed her in Sky West and Crooked (1966) from a script written by his wife. Character actor[edit] Mills began to drift into character roles, supporting Hugh O'Brian
Hugh O'Brian
in Africa Texas Style
Africa Texas Style
(1967) and Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor
in Chuka (1967). He went to Italy for a giallo, A Black Veil for Lisa (1968) and played William Hamilton in Emma Hamilton (1968). Mills had a cameo in Oh! What a Lovely War
Oh! What a Lovely War
(1969) for director Richard Attenborough and supported Mark Lester
Mark Lester
(though was top billed) in Run Wild, Run Free (1969). He went to Australia to star in a convict drama, Adam's Woman
Adam's Woman
(1970). For his role as the village idiot in Ryan's Daughter
Ryan's Daughter
(1970) — a complete departure from his usual style – Mills won an Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He was in Dulcima (1971) then had support roles in Young Winston (1972) for Attenborough, Lady Caroline Lamb (1972), and Oklahoma Crude (1973). On stage he did Veterans at the Royal Court, At the End of the Day (1973), The Good Companions (1974), Great Expectations
Great Expectations
(1975) and Separate Tables
Separate Tables
(1977). Also on the small screen, in 1974 he starred as Captain Tommy "The Elephant" Devon in the six-part television drama series The Zoo Gang, about a group of former underground freedom fighters from World War II, with Brian Keith, Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
and Barry Morse. He could still get lead roles in films, as shown by The "Human" Factor (1975), Trial by Combat (1976), and The Devil's Advocate (1977). He had good support roles in The Big Sleep (1978) and The Thirty Nine Steps (1978). His most famous television role was probably as the title character in Quatermass for ITV in 1979. He followed this with a sitcom in Young at Heart (1980–82). On the big screen he was now mainly playing upper crust types as in Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn
(1979), Gandhi (1982), and Sahara (1983). He did Goodbye Mr Chips on stage (1982) followed by Little Lies (1983). Later career[edit] In 1986 he did The Petition at the National and the following year did Pygmalion on Broadway. He provided a voice for When the Wind Blows (1986) and supported Madonna in Who's That Girl (1987). His best roles were on TV in Harnessing Peacocks (1993) and Martin Chuzzlewit (1994). Mills also starred as Gus: The Theatre Cat in the filmed version of the musical Cats in 1998. In 2000, Mills released his extensive home cine-film footage in a documentary film entitled Sir
John Mills' Moving Memories, with interviews with Mills, his children Hayley, Juliet and Jonathan and Richard Attenborough. The film was produced and written by Jonathan Mills, directed and edited by Marcus Dillistone, and features behind the scenes footage and stories from films such as Ice Cold in Alex
Ice Cold in Alex
and Dunkirk. In addition the film also includes home footage of many of Mills's friends and fellow cast members including Laurence Olivier, Harry Andrews, Walt Disney, David Niven, Dirk Bogarde, Rex Harrison and Tyrone Power. Mills's last cinema appearance was playing a tramp in Lights 2 (directed by Marcus Dillistone); the cinematographer was Jack Cardiff. They had last worked together on Scott of the Antarctic in 1948. Their combined age was 186 years, a cinema record.[citation needed] Personal life[edit]

The Wick
The Wick
on Richmond Hill in Richmond, Greater London, was the family home for many years

His first wife was the actress Aileen Raymond, who died only five days after he did. They were married in 1932 and divorced in 1941. Raymond later became the mother of actor Ian Ogilvy. His second wife was the dramatist Mary Hayley Bell. Their marriage, on 16 January 1941, lasted for 64 years, until his death in 2005. They were married in a rushed civil ceremony, because of the war; it was not until 60 years later that they were married in a church.[19] They lived in The Wick, London, for many years. They sold the house to musician Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood
in 1971 and moved to Hills House, Denham. Mills and Bell had two daughters, Juliet, star of television's Nanny and the Professor and Hayley, a Disney child star who appeared in Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and Whistle Down the Wind, and one son, Jonathan Mills, a screenwriter.[1] In 1947, Mills appeared with his daughters in the film So Well Remembered. The three also appeared together decades later, on an episode of ABC's The Love Boat. Mills's grandson by Hayley, Crispian Mills, is a musician, best known for his work with the raga rock group Kula Shaker. Despite having always previously voted Conservative, Mills publicly supported Tony Blair's Labour Party in the 2001 General Election, later regretting this decision after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.[20] Death[edit] In the years leading up to his death, he appeared on television only on special occasions, his sight having failed almost completely in 1992. After that, his film roles were brief cameos. He died aged 97 on 23 April 2005 in Denham, Buckinghamshire,[21] following a chest infection. His wife died on 1 December 2005. They are buried in Denham Churchyard. Honours[edit] Mills was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1960.[1] In 1976 he was knighted[1] by the Queen. In 1999, at 91 years of age, Mills became the oldest joining member of the entertainment charitable fraternity, the Grand Order of Water Rats.[22] In 2002, he received a Fellowship of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), their highest award, and was named a Disney Legend by the Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Company. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1932 The Midshipmaid Golightly

1933 The Ghost Camera Ernest Elton

Britannia of Billingsgate Fred Bolton

1934 A Political Party Tony Smithers

The River Wolves Peter Farrell

Those Were the Days Bobby Poskett

The Lash Arthur Haughton

Blind Justice Ralph Summers

Doctor's Orders Ronnie Blake

1935 Car of Dreams Robert Miller

Royal Cavalcade Young Enlistee

Brown on Resolution Albert Brown (later reissued in the UK as Forever England)

Charing Cross Road Tony

1936 The First Offence Johnnie Penrose alternative title Bad Blood

Tudor Rose Lord Guilford Dudley Released as Nine Days a Queen in USA

1937 O.H.M.S. Cpl. Bert Dawson

The Green Cockatoo Jim Connor

1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Peter Colley – as a Young Man

1941 Old Bill and Son Young Bill Busby

Cottage to Let Flt. Lieutenant Perry

1942 The Black Sheep of Whitehall Bobby Jessop

The Big Blockade Tom

In Which We Serve Ordinary Seaman Blake

The Young Mr Pitt William Wilberforce

1943 We Dive at Dawn Capt. Lt. Taylor, R.N.

1944 This Happy Breed Billy Mitchell

1945 Waterloo Road Jim Colter

The Way to the Stars Peter Penrose

1946 Great Expectations Pip

1947 So Well Remembered George Boswell (with daughters Juliet Mills
Juliet Mills
and Hayley Mills)

The October Man Jim Ackland

1948 Scott of the Antarctic Captain Scott Captain R.F. Scott R.N.

1949 The History of Mr Polly Alfred Polly

The Rocking Horse Winner Bassett (also produced)

1950 Morning Departure Lt. Commander Armstrong

1951 Mr. Denning Drives North Tom Denning

1952 The Gentle Gunman Terrence Sullivan

1953 The Long Memory Phillip Davidson

1954 Hobson's Choice Willie Mossop Nominated-BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

1955 The Colditz Story Pat Reid

The End of the Affair Albert Parkis

Above Us the Waves Commander Fraser

Escapade John Hampden

1956 The Baby and the Battleship Puncher Roberts

War and Peace Platon Karataev

Around the World in 80 Days London Carriage Driver

It's Great to Be Young Mr. Dingle

1957 Town on Trial Supt. Mike Halloran

The Vicious Circle Dr. Howard Latimer

1958 Dunkirk Binns

Ice Cold in Alex Captain Anson

I Was Monty's Double Major Harvey (also titled Hell, Heaven or Hoboken)

1959 Tiger Bay Superintendent Graham (with daughter Hayley Mills)

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Barney (also titled Season of Passion)

1960 Tunes of Glory Lt. Col. Basil Barrow (Battalion Commander) Volpi Cup
Volpi Cup
for Best Actor Nominated-BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Swiss Family Robinson William Robinson

1961 The Singer Not the Song Father Michael Keogh

The Parent Trap Mitch Evers' Golf Caddy Uncredited

Flame in the Streets Jacko Palmer

1962 The Valiant Captain Morgan

Tiara Tahiti Lt. Col. Clifford Southey

1964 The Chalk Garden Maitland (with daughter Hayley Mills)

1965 Operation Crossbow Gen. Boyd

The Truth About Spring Tommy Tyler (with daughter Hayley Mills)

King Rat Smedley – Taylor

1966 The Wrong Box Masterman Finsbury

The Family Way Ezra Fitton (with daughter Hayley Mills) Prize San Sebastián for Best Actor (tied with Maurice Ronet
Maurice Ronet
for The Champagne Murders)

1967 Africa Texas Style Wing Commander Hayes

Chuka Colonel Stuart Valois

1968 A Black Veil for Lisa Inspector Franz Bulon

Emma Hamilton Sir
William Hamilton

1969 Oh! What a Lovely War Field Marshal Sir
Douglas Haig

Run Wild, Run Free The Moorman

1970 Adam's Woman Sir
Phillip MacDonald

Ryan's Daughter Michael Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated-BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor

1971 Dulcima Mr. Parker

1972 Young Winston General Kitchener

Lady Caroline Lamb Canning

1973 Oklahoma Crude Cleon Doyle

1975 The Human Factor Mike McAllister

1976 Trial by Combat Colonel Bertie Cook (also titled A Dirty Knight's Work)

1977 The Devil's Advocate Blaise Meredith

1978 The Big Sleep Inspector Jim Carson

The Thirty Nine Steps Scudder

1979 The Quatermass Conclusion Professor Bernard Quatermass

Zulu Dawn Sir
Henry Bartle Frere

1982 Gandhi The Viceroy Baron Chelmsford

1983 Sahara Cambridge

1986 When the Wind Blows Jim Voice

1987 Who's That Girl Montgomery Bell (credited as Sir
John Mills)

1993 The Big Freeze Dapper man

1994 Deadly Advice Jack the Ripper

1995 The Grotesque Sir
Edward Cleghorn (also titled Gentleman Don't Eat Poets)

1996 Hamlet Old Norway

1997 Bean Chairman (credited as Sir
John Mills)

1998 Cats Gus the Theater Cat

2003 Bright Young Things Gentleman

2004 Lights2 The Tramp Cinematographer Jack Cardiff
Jack Cardiff
(previously worked on Scott of The Antarctic), (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes

1967 Dundee and the Culhane Dundee 13 episodes

1974 The Zoo Gang Thomas 'The Elephant' Devon 6 episodes

1978 Dr. Strange Thomas Lindmer TV Movie

1979 Quatermass Professor Bernard Quatermass

1980–82 Young at Heart Albert Collyer 18 episodes

1985 Edge of the Wind (TV play)

1987 The Dame Edna Experience

Season 1, Episode 6 (as himself)

1993 Harnessing Peacocks Bernard Quigley TV Movie

1994 Martin Chuzzlewit Mr Chuffey 3 episodes, TV Mini-series

Stage appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre

1929 The Five O'Clock Girl

Hippodrome Theatre

1931 The 1931 Revue

London Pavilion, London


Drury Lane

1932 Words and Music

Adelphi Theatre

1934 Jill Darling

Savoy Theatre

1936 Aren't Men Beasts?

Strand Theatre

1939 A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon Old Vic Theatre

She Stoops to Conquer Young Marlow Old Vic Theatre

1939–40 Of Mice and Men George Milton Old Vic Theatre

1942 Men in Shadow

Lyric Theatre, London

1945 Duet for Two Hands

Vaudeville Theatre

1960–61 Ross

Broadway Theatre

1972 Veterans

Royal Court Theatre

1973 At the End of the Day

Savoy Theatre

1974 The Good Companions

Her Majesty's Theatre

1975 Great Expectations

Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

1977 Separate Tables

Apollo Theatre

1982 Goodbye, Mr. Chips


1983 Little Lies

Wyndham's Theatre

1986 The Petition

National Theatre

1987 Pygmalion


Box office ranking[edit] For a number of years, British film exhibitors voted him among the top ten British stars at the box office via an annual poll in the Motion Picture Herald.

1945 – 4th[23] 1946 – 8th[24] 1947 – 4th (6th most popular overall)[25] 1948 – 3rd (4th most popular over all)[26] 1949 – 3rd (8th most popular over all)[27][28] 1950 – 4th (6th most popular overall) 1954 – 10th 1955 – 2nd (5th most popular overall)[29] 1956 – 10th[30] 1957 – 6th[31] 1958 – 6th 1961 – 5th


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(1938) Thomas Mitchell (1939) Walter Brennan
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(1940) Donald Crisp
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(1949) George Sanders
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(1951) Anthony Quinn
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(1952) Frank Sinatra
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(1953) Edmond O'Brien
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(1954) Jack Lemmon
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(1955) Anthony Quinn
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(1956) Red Buttons
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(1957) Burl Ives
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(1958) Hugh Griffith
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(1959) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Ed Begley
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(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1964) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1965) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1966) George Kennedy
George Kennedy
(1967) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1974) George Burns
George Burns


Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1977) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(1978) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Don Ameche
Don Ameche
(1985) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
(1996) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1997) James Coburn
James Coburn
(1998) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro


Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
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Mahershala Ali
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Sam Rockwell

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BAFTA Fellowship recipients


Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1971) Freddie Young (1972) Grace Wyndham Goldie (1973) David Lean
David Lean
(1974) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1975) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1976) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Denis Forman (1977) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1978) Lew Grade
Lew Grade
(1979) Huw Wheldon
Huw Wheldon
(1979) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1980) John Huston
John Huston
(1980) Abel Gance
Abel Gance
(1981) Michael Powell
Michael Powell
& Emeric Pressburger
Emeric Pressburger
(1981) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1983) Hugh Greene (1984) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1984) Jeremy Isaacs (1985) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1987) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1988) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1989) Paul Fox (1990) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1991) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1992) David Plowright (1992) Sydney Samuelson (1993) Colin Young (1993) Michael Grade
Michael Grade
(1994) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1995) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1996) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(1996) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1996) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1996) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1997) Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
(1997) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Oswald Morris (1997) Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
(1997) David Rose (1997) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1998) Bill Cotton
Bill Cotton
(1998) Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
& Ernie Wise
Ernie Wise
(1999) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1999) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2000) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(2000) Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette


Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2001) John Thaw
John Thaw
(2001) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2002) Merchant Ivory Productions (2002) Andrew Davies (2002) John Mills
John Mills
(2002) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(2003) David Jason (2003) John Boorman
John Boorman
(2004) Roger Graef (2004) John Barry (2005) David Frost
David Frost
(2005) David Puttnam
David Puttnam
(2006) Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(2006) Anne V. Coates (2007) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Will Wright (2007) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2008) Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
(2008) Dawn French
Dawn French
& Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
(2009) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(2009) Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell
(2009) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2010) Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto
(2010) Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg
(2010) Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
(2011) Peter Molyneux
Peter Molyneux
(2011) Trevor McDonald (2011) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2012) Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris
(2012) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(2013) Gabe Newell
Gabe Newell
(2013) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2013) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2014) Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games
(2014) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2014) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2015) David Braben (2015) Jon Snow (2015) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2016) John Carmack
John Carmack
(2016) Ray Galton & Alan Simpson (2016) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2017) Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
(2017) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott

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Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Akim Tamiroff
Akim Tamiroff
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) J. Carrol Naish
J. Carrol Naish
(1945) Clifton Webb
Clifton Webb
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) James Whitmore
James Whitmore
(1949) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1950) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1951) Millard Mitchell
Millard Mitchell
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1955) Earl Holliman
Earl Holliman
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Stephen Boyd
Stephen Boyd
(1959) Sal Mineo
Sal Mineo
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Omar Sharif
Omar Sharif
(1962) John Huston
John Huston
(1963) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1964) Oskar Werner
Oskar Werner
(1965) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1966) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1967) Daniel Massey (1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1974) Richard Benjamin
Richard Benjamin
(1975) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Peter Firth
Peter Firth
(1977) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1978) Melvyn Douglas/ Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Clive Owen
Clive Owen
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell

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Volpi Cup
Volpi Cup
for Best Actor


Wallace Beery
Wallace Beery
(1934) Pierre Blanchar
Pierre Blanchar
(1935) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1936) Emil Jannings
Emil Jannings
(1937) Leslie Howard (1938) Ermete Zacconi
Ermete Zacconi
(1941) Fosco Giachetti
Fosco Giachetti
(1942) Pierre Fresnay
Pierre Fresnay
(1947) Ernst Deutsch
Ernst Deutsch
(1948) Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
(1949) Sam Jaffe
Sam Jaffe
(1950) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1951) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1952) Henri Vilbert (1953) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1954) Curd Jürgens/ Kenneth More
Kenneth More
(1955) Bourvil
(1956) Anthony Franciosa
Anthony Franciosa
(1957) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1958) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1959) John Mills
John Mills
(1960) Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
(1961) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1962) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1963) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1964) Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
(1965) Jacques Perrin
Jacques Perrin
(1966) Ljubiša Samardžić
Ljubiša Samardžić
(1967) John Marley (1968)


Guy Boyd/George Dzundza/David Alan Grier/Mitchell Lichtenstein/Matthew Modine/Michael Wright (1983) Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah
(1984) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1985) Carlo Delle Piane
Carlo Delle Piane
(1986) Hugh Grant/ James Wilby (1987) Don Ameche/ Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1988) Marcello Mastroianni/ Massimo Troisi
Massimo Troisi
(1989) Oleg Borisov
Oleg Borisov
(1990) River Phoenix
River Phoenix
(1991) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1992) Fabrizio Bentivoglio/ Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1993) Xia Yu/ Roberto Citran
Roberto Citran
(1994) Götz George/ Ian Hart (1995) Liam Neeson/ Chris Penn
Chris Penn
(1996) Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
(1997) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(1998) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(1999) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem


Luigi Lo Cascio
Luigi Lo Cascio
(2001) Stefano Accorsi
Stefano Accorsi
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2004) David Strathairn
David Strathairn
(2005) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2006) Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
(2007) Silvio Orlando
Silvio Orlando
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo
(2010) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2011) Philip Seymour Hoffman/ Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2012) Themis Panou (2013) Adam Driver
Adam Driver
(2014) Fabrice Luchini
Fabrice Luchini
(2015) Oscar Martínez (2016) Kamel El Basha (2017)

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